Lyceum Picture Theatre
45 Mary Street,
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Opened on 20th December 1909 as the Volta Picture Theatre, it was set up by novelist James Joyce in an old ironmongery shop. Seating was provided for 420, all on one level. Initially all films screened were from Italy, with Italian title-pages that explained the plot. Leaflets were printed in English so the audience could interpet the film story. The Volta Picture Theatre was not a success and after seven months of operation, it was sold to British National Pictures.
The name was changed to the Lyceum Picture Theatre around 1921. This theater closed in 1947, it reverted back to retail use, as a drapery shop. Later demolished a Penney’s fashion store has been on the site since 1969.
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